Powerful Prayers: Is there a secret?

Monday, December 31, 2007

Let me encourage you to read the following blog on The Secret to a Better Prayer Life. I believe this to be an awesome example of the marriage between doctrine and application.

Here are just a few morsels that hopefully will lead you to read
his whole entry:
  1. The more we know God, the better equipped we are to praise him for who he is.

  2. Good theological meditation of both the glory of God and the heinousness of our corruption will be of great assistance in both knowing and mortifying your sins.

  3. Our thanksgiving will only be as weak as our theology....You should run out of time before you run out of reasons to thank God. Systematic theology is a great help here, because through it we can see much more of God’s giving, and our unworthiness.

  4. Good theology can change our stale list of requests into a more meaningful interaction with God. How? At the very least, good theology teaches us to what we may appeal in God when making our requests. [For example:] Because God is righteous, we can appeal to him to vindicate the oppressed and persecuted.

Advent vs. Abortion

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I know of three children that are in the womb, and we are waiting patiently for their arrival:

Baby Abner
Baby Billingsly
Baby Davis

We watch the wives’ tummies grow, witnessing the work of God in the lives of these children. It is marvelous. These babies belong to dear friends of mine who have taught me much about Christ. Their theologies have mingled the academic and the affectionate in enviable proportions.

There are other children of families that have captured my heart, and I long to see them grow into God-honoring, Christ-exalting, Spirit-led men and women. That is why abortion is such a grief to me. I have heard so many arguments for the pro-choice agenda, but I have yet to hear one that grabs the discussion at the root. What does abortion say about the glory of God? Life is not expendable.

Have you ever asked yourself why babies are so frail? Babies are fragile because Christ was to be born a baby. God has knit babies together so that the following could be said of Christ:

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
(Php 2:5-11)

We begin this life in the womb as a fragile mass of cells because God ordained before the foundation of the world that His Son would take on a fragile form. From conception to cross, Christ was our example. These children are to learn from their fragile state that God is all-satisfying. Daddy and mommy are to care for them in such a way that they are to learn the sufficiency of Christ. Therefore, what do we teach the world about Christ when we say that the fragile life in a womb is a nuisance?

In this Advent season, we remember the wait of our fathers for the long-expected Messiah. Also, we are reminded of Christ’s Second Advent, the blessed hope for which we eagerly wait.

I leave you with
this. For those of you interested in resources dealing with abortion, please visit Abort73.com.